What do newborns look like?

Newborns come in many shapes, sizes and colors! They can have a fair amount of hair or very little and the hair they have may fall out over the first month or 2. Hair color may also change over the first year. They do have all the same parts as older children. Their eye color is often dark at first but over the first year they develop what will be their final eye color. Newborns tend to have fairly large heads as compared to their body.

might be surprised by how your newborn looks at birth. If you had a vaginal delivery, your baby entered this world through a narrow and boney passage. It inot uncommon for newborns to be born bluish, bruised, and with a misshapen head. An ear might be folded over. Your baby may have a complete head of hair or bald. Your baby also will have a thick, pasty,whitish coating,which protected the skin in the womb. This will wash away during the first bathing.

Once your baby is placed into your arms, your gaze will go right to his or her eyes. Most newborns open their eyes soon after birth. Eyes will be brown or bluish-gray at first. Looking over your baby, you might notice that the face is a little puffy. You might notice small white bumps inside your baby'mouth or on his or her tongue. Your baby might be very wrinkly. Some babies, especially those born early, are covered in soft, fine hair, which will come off in a couple of weeks. Your baby' skin might have various colored marks, blotches, or rashes, and fingernails could be long. You might also notice that your baby's breasts and penis or vulva are a bit swollen.

How your baby looks will change from day to day, and many of the early marks of childbirth go away with time. If you have any concerns about something you see, talk to your doctor. After a few weeks, your newborn will look more and more like the baby you pictured in your dreams.

This information is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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